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Windows-1255 is a codepage used under Microsoft Windows to write Hebrew. It is an almost compatible superset of ISO 8859-8 - the letters are in the same positions (except for A4, which is 'sheqel sign' in Windows-1255 but 'generic currency sign' in ISO 8859-8), but Windows-1255 adds vowel-points and other signs in lower positions.

Modern applications prefer UTF-8 or UTF-16 to windows 1255.

Contents

Codepage layout

Only the upper half (128–255) is shown, the lower half (0–127) being plain ASCII.

.0 .1 .2 .3 .4 .5 .6 .7 .8 .9 .A .B .C .D .E .F
 
8−
 

20AC
 
201A
ƒ
192

201E

2026

2020

2021
ˆ
2C6

2030
 
2039
       
 
9−
 
 
2018

2019

201C

201D

2022

2013

2014
˜
2DC

2122
 
203A
       
 
A−
 
 
A0
¡
A1
¢
A2
£
A3

20AA
¥
A5
¦
A6
§
A7
¨
A8
©
A9
×
D7
«
AB
¬
AC
­
AD
®
AE
¯
AF
 
B−
 
°
B0
±
B1
²
B2
³
B3
´
B4
µ
B5

B6
·
B7
¸
B8
¹
B9
÷
F7
»
BB
¼
BC
½
BD
¾
BE
¿
BF
 
C−
 
ְ
5B0
ֱ
5B1
ֲ
5B2
ֳ
5B3
ִ
5B4
ֵ
5B5
ֶ
5B6
ַ
5B7
ָ
5B8
ֹ
5B9
  ֻ
5BB
ּ
5BC
ֽ
5BD
־
5BE
ֿ
5BF
 
D−
 
׀
5C0
ׁ
5C1
ׂ
5C2
׃
5C3
װ
5F0
ױ
5F1
ײ
5F2
׳
5F3
״
5F4
             
 
E−
 
א
5D0
ב
5D1
ג
5D2
ד
5D3
ה
5D4
ו
5D5
ז
5D6
ח
5D7
ט
5D8
י
5D9
ך
5DA
כ
5DB
ל
5DC
ם
5DD
מ
5DE
ן
5DF
 
F−
 
נ
5E0
ס
5E1
ע
5E2
ף
5E3
פ
5E4
ץ
5E5
צ
5E6
ק
5E7
ר
5E8
ש
5E9
ת
5EA
   
200E

200F
 

Usage

Windows-1255 Hebrew is always in logical order (as opposed to visual). Microsoft Hebrew products (Windows, Office and Internet Explorer) brought logically-ordered Hebrew to common use, with the result that Windows-1255 is the Hebrew encoding that can be found most on the Web, having ousted the visually ordered ISO-8859-8, and preferred to the logically ordered ISO-8859-8-I because it provides for vowel-points.

Relation to Unicode

The Unicode block in Hebrew (U+0590–U+05FF) follows Windows-1255 by encoding both letters and vowel-points in the same relative positions as Windows-1255. Unicode goes further in encoding cantillation marks in lower positions. Unicode Hebrew is always in logical order.

For modern applications UTF-8 or UTF-16 is a preferred encoding.

See also

External links

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